APA-Queensland hosts Nelson Mandela Day Celebration 2021 @Queensland Parliament House

by | Aug 13, 2021

African Professionals of Australia-Queensland hosted a very successful Mandela Day celebration on Saturday 17 July 2021 at Queensland Parliament. 

The APA-Qld President Mr. Robert Mukombozi and his team treated guests to a red-carpet extravaganza, ranging from music, dance, food, presentations, and live entertainment. 

This celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy was attended by more than 200 people as part of a global movement taking Mandela’s life’s work into a new era and changing our world for the better. 

The celebration was a great platform for professionals, international students, researchers, industries, Governments, policymakers, and other stakeholders to learn about Mandela’s life and legacy, network, and share opportunities.

It also created a wonderful opportunity for service providers to interface and connect with the community. 

Nelson Mandela Day celebrated on July 18, is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations. The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.

Key government representatives, Agencies, Non-government, private sector, and multicultural community groups represented at the event include; 

Senator Paul Scarr, Senator for Queensland Representing the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Hon. Leanne Linard MP

Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Representing Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Queensland Premier, and Minister for Trade.

Mr John-Paul Langbroek MP 

Member for Surfers Paradise

Shadow Minister for Seniors, Communities and Disability Services

Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships representing Mr. David Crisafulli MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Tourism.

Councillor Angela Owen for Calamvale Ward assisting the Lord Mayor on Multicultural Affairs representing The Lord Mayor of Brisbane City the Right Honourable Adrian Schrinner.

Cr Jon Raven

Deputy Mayor of Logan City   

Ms. Christine Castley Speech 

Chief Executive Officer-Multicultural Australia

Mr. Garry Page

Chief Executive Officer of Australian Red Cross- Queensland 

Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez

Chief Executive Officer-QPASTT

Ms. Deb Crompton

Chief Executive Officer-MGCCI 

Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, Department of Home Affairs, Australian Queensland Program of Assistance for Survivors of Torture & Trauma (QPASTT), Brisbane City Council, Queensland Police Service, HELP Employment & Training, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland,Multicultural Australia Limited, Australian Red Cross-Queensland, Access Community Services Ltd, Queensland African Communities Council, Logan City Council, The Australian Myanmar Friendship Association of Queensland Inc, Multilink Community Services Inc, Mount Gravatt Community Centre and many more.  

The event would not have been a huge success without support from our Event sponsors:   

Major Sponsor: Multicultural Australia Ltd

Gold Sponsor: Multilink Community Services Inc 

Silver Sponsors: 

  • Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture & Trauma (QPASTT) ltd
  • The Hon. Cameron Dick MP, Treasurer, and Minister for Investment  
  • Access Community Services Limited 
  • Mt Gravatt Community Centre Inc
  • HELP Employment & Training 
  • Las Colinas Photography & Queensland African Communities Council Inc

And most importantly a Big Thank You to the African Professionals of Australia-Queensland Management committee, Advisory Team, Members, and Associates for their outstanding contribution to the success of this event.